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Christian Petzold

Jaimey Fisher

Publication Year: 2013

In eleven feature films across two decades, Christian Petzold has established himself as the most critically celebrated director in contemporary Germany. The best-known and most influential member of the Berlin School, Petzold's career reflects the trajectory of German film from 1970s New German Cinema to more popular fare in the 1990s and back again to critically engaged and politically committed filmmaking. His combination of critical celebration and popular success underscores Petzold's singular cinematic achievement: the deliberate and shrewd negotiation of art cinema and popular Hollywood genre.

Published by: University of Illinois Press

Series: Contemporary Film Directors

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-viii


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pp. ix-x

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pp. xi-xiv

For his initial interest and support, I would like to thank James Nare-more, and then Jennifer Fay and Justus Nieland for their continued encouragement and edifying feedback. I am likewise grateful to Danny Nasset and other staff at the University of Illinois Press for their guid-ance and help. I am particularly indebted to Christian Petzold for being ...

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A Ghostly Archeology: The Art-House Genre Cinema of Christian Petzold

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pp. 1-6

I will never make a film that tries to lead to some conclusion?instead [my films] try to narrate an abeyance [Schwebezustand]. Films that do It?s not really about how people are hiding something; rather, it con-Over the past twenty years and across eleven feature-length works, Christian Petzold has established himself as the most critically acclaimed ...

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Contexts 1: Biographical-Historical

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pp. 6-9

...coldness, paranoia, and fear bred of such economic adaptability, tainted The wide-ranging constellation of themes that inhabit Petzold?s films arises in part from the environment in which he grew up and now works. Petzold is the most distinguished contemporary auteur in Germany, but it bears underscoring that his training and career are well woven into ...

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Contexts 2: 1990s and Post-2000 German Cinema

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pp. 9-11

This political atmosphere also informed the founding and trajectory of the German Film and Television Academy of Berlin (known by its German abbreviation DFFB), where Petzold enrolled after finishing his master?s degree in German literature at the Freie Universit?t. Petzold wrote his master?s thesis on the literary provocateur Rolf Dieter Brink-...

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Petzold’s Ghostly Archeology of Genre

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pp. 11-149

...manifesto. Although the group is loosely affiliated with the film journal Revolver, the journal covers a wide range of topics and has involved only some members of the school. Although leery of defining the Berlin School solely by style, Marco Abel observes that many Berlin School films do offer long takes and long shots, a minimal use of nondiegetic or ...

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Interview with Christian Petzold

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pp. 150-171

This interview mainly took place in July 2011, with a shorter follow-up in October 2012, at Petzold?s office in Berlin. It was conducted in German, so I include a number of original words or phrases that seem j.scaimey fisher: Places and spaces, especially in small cities and towns, are consistently important in your films. Where did you grow up? Can ...


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pp. 172-179


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pp. 180-191


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pp. 192-213

E-ISBN-13: 9780252095238
Print-ISBN-13: 9780252037986

Page Count: 208
Publication Year: 2013

Series Title: Contemporary Film Directors